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Collecting and Heritage News

20/4: Afternoon Tea Pins

A new set of pins has been announced today on the subject of Afternoon Tea. The pins show a purple teapot silhouette along with various tea items such as cakes, scones and china.

18/4: New Diversity Pin - Age

The next pin in the diversity range has been issued. This one celebrates Age and shows a person at four stages of life.

Unlike the previous diversity issues, this time there is only one pin but it does show both Games logos.

Issue size is 5,000 for this one, no details of price or retailers for now

13/4: Rainbow Pin

Another new pin is due out next week. The 'Rainbow Heart' pin is being issued to celebrate the 'Out Of A Rainbow' theme associated with Wenlock and Mandeville.

12/4: Birds

Two new sets of pins are to be launched next week. The common theme is 'Birds'. There are 8 pins in each set depicting Garden Birds and Water Birds.

10/4: Crowns Set - Update

The Crowns set that was issued last week and then withdrawn is now back on sale at £150. The original plans to issue the pins in a cheaper set nearer the £50 mark have now been cancelled and therefore these pins will only be available in the deluxe framed set.

8/4: Olympic Village Pins

It looks like each time an Olympic Park venue is finished, a pair of pins may be released. The first residential plot has been completed and two new Olympic Village pins were mentioned on the message board earlier this week.

4/4: Crowns Set - Update

The Crowns set that was to be available from today has been withdrawn temporarily. The price quoted originally was £50 for the framed set. However it appears that the sets that were made available today were actually in a deluxe frame which was to be available at a higher price than £50.

18/3: Stamp Pins Update

The Royal Mail Olympic Stamp pins arrived today, so here's an update.

As mentioned previously, each pin is presented with the matching stamp on a card. The stamp is held in a type of blister pack which exactly fits it, so the stamp does not move.

The card measures 8cm x 10cm and carries the London 2012 brand and logo. The top left of the card contains the name of the collection, the bottom left, the name of the sport and the bottom right the number of the pack in the series.

17/3: Coca Cola 500 Day To Go Pin

imageHere's a picture of the Coca Cola 500 day pin we mentioned a couple of days ago.

Seems like there are already a few on eBay. Some have sold for around £25/£30 and others are listed from £25 to £45 at the time of writing. We're trying to find out the issue size for this pin. Interestingly, this one does not have a London 2012 logo on it, but the back markings are consistent with the first pin.

16/3: Fake Pins

imageIn the last couple of days, 2 separate readers in 2 different countries have both sent us emails which they have received offering them London 2012 pins. These emails state they are offering official London pins but the emails did not come from Honav, the only official licensee who can maufacture retail pins.

15/3: 500 Day To Go Pins

imageThe only sponsor pins that came to light today were BT and Coca-Cola.

The BT one follows the style of their 1000 days and 2 year pins

No picture of the Coca-Cola one yet, but it is described as having the Olympic rings, a GB flag, a Coca-Cola bottle and '500 Days to Go'. Update soon we hope.